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Produce Safety TAN on the FSPCA portal

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated November 14, 2019
Author: FSPCA
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This website intends to provide a Technical Assistance Network (TAN) whereby technical questions regarding implementation of the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule are answered by Food Safety Resource Team (FSRT) members; which consists of extension staff. Regulatory question should continue to be sent to the FDA TAN.

Bilingual Produce Safety educational materials for Latino Fresh Produce Growers and Farmworkers in PA

Added by Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch • Last updated November 8, 2019
Author: Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Poster; Videos
Topic: Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: PA

With funding from USDA NIFA award number 2017-70020-27236, Penn State Extension educators from the Food Safety and Horticulture teams developed bilingual Produce Safety educational materials for Latino Fresh Produce Growers and Farmworkers in Pennsylvania. 

Explanation of Required Records for the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule

Explanation of Required Records for the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule

Added by Chris Howard • Last updated November 5, 2019
Author: Chris Howard, Robson Machado, Ph.D.
Type: Fact Sheets
State: ME

This fact sheet is designed to help you understand what records describing your farm activities you need to keep under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The PSR is written in sections, and the end of each section details what records the PSR requires farms to keep for that section. Below we discuss in detail the required records for each section.

FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Documentation Requirements for Commercial Soil Amendment Suppliers

Added by Donna Clements • Last updated October 23, 2019
Author: Donna Clements, Laura Acuña-Maldonado, Connie Fisk, Don Stoeckel, Gretchen Wall, Kristin Woods, Elizabeth Bihn
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This factsheet outlines the documentation requirements for commercial soil amendment suppliers and includes a template Certificate of Conformance to help suppliers meet those requirements. 

Food Safety in the Field: Farmer's Health and Hygiene

Added by Eric Spring • Last updated October 22, 2019
Author: International Rescue Committee
Type: Videos

This video shows key aspects of ensuring farmer's health and hygiene on the farm. This video is in Arabic with English subtitles.

Food Safety in the Field: Using Manure and Compost Safely

Added by Eric Spring • Last updated October 22, 2019
Author: International Rescue Committee
Type: Videos

This video shows farmers how to use and apply manure and compost safely to their fields. This video is in Nepali with English subtitles

Visual Aids on Chemical Safety for lu Mien farmers

Added by Eric Spring • Last updated October 21, 2019
Author: International Rescue Committee
Type: Poster

This is a series of three posters to serve as visual reminders for farmers on chemical safety including proper chemical storage, keeping a log and reading the label. The posters are in the lu Mien language.

Robson Machado - UMaine

Added by Robson Machado • Last updated October 18, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: ME

https://extension.umaine.edu/about/staff-directory/robson-machado/

Teaching Example Food Safety Plan for Breadfruit Flour

Added by Jovana Kovacevic • Last updated October 17, 2019
Author: Jian Yang, Fred Reppun, Alfred Peters, Kylie Wong, Jeri Kahana
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: Food Safety Plan; Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)
State: Other

Breadfruit is nutritious and abundant in Pacific islands, but it is an underutilized crop due to poor storability. Researchers from University of Guam developed a Model Food Safety Plan for breadfruit flour, providing information on the principles of the risk-based preventive controls.

Jovana Kovacevic - Oregon State University

Added by Jovana Kovacevic • Last updated October 17, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: OR

Jovana Kovacevic is an Assistant Professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist at the Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center (FIC) in Portland, Oregon. In her current role, Jovana directs the food safety program at the FIC focusing on Listeria research, FSMA-related food safety training, education and outreach activities, and she also co-directs and coordinates the USDA-funded Western...

Preventive Controls-Human Food Supply Chain Program

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated October 10, 2019
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

TAN Question: The Supply-Chain Program under the PCHF Rule requires, among other things, that receiving facilities conduct certain supplier verification activities when approving suppliers. The PCR, in 21 CFR 117.430(d), lays out an alternative process for conducting supplier verification...

Joy Waite-Cusic - Oregon State University

Added by Joy Waite-Cusic • Last updated October 8, 2019
Type: People
Topic: Preventive Controls (PCs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Preharvest)
State: OR

Joy Waite-Cusic is an Associate Professor of Food Safety Systems at Oregon State University. Joy uses her expertise and curiosity to support farms and food processors to reduce the risks of foodborne illness. She works with the industry to identify challenges and provide practical approaches that will improve public health and keep our local farms and processors in business. This work has...

RI BMPs for the Discharge of Produce Wash Water

Added by Abigail Phillips • Last updated September 16, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: RI

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Water Resources worked with the Division of Agriculture to create the guidance document: Best Management Practices for the Discharge of Produce Wash Water from Wash and Pack Stations to the Ground Surface to provide guidance for the RI farming community.

Safe and Successful Composting Under FSMA

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated September 13, 2019
Author: Charles Gould
Type: Videos
Topic: Soil Amendments; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This video covers scientifically valid and controlled composting methods that are allowable under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

FSMA Recordkeeping Requirements for BSAAO

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated September 13, 2019
Author: Charles Gould
Type: Videos
Topic: Soil Amendments; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This video covers which records you need to have on file in order be in compliance, tips on how to take records, and record storage requirements under the rule.

Risk Management for Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated September 13, 2019
Author: Charles Gould
Type: Videos
Topic: Soil Amendments; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This video discusses risks associated with the group of soil amendments that the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) calls “biological soil amendments of animal origin.”

Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Resources

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated September 13, 2019
Type: Tools & Calculators
Topic: Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The FSMA Produce Safety Rule does not require a written farm food safety plan but writing a plan helps growers get organized and focused on produce safety, as well as prepare for buyer requirements and third party audits. Below are just a few links to resources which may help you write a farm food safety plan.

Compost Sampling Guidance - Videos

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated September 11, 2019
Author: CCREF
Type: Videos
Topic: Soil Amendments; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

These videos from the Composting Council Research & Education Foundation offer guidance on how to sample compost.

Farm Building Plans

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated August 17, 2019
Author: Chris Callahan
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

This is a collection of building plans for common farm buildings that may be helpful for growers considering building a new wash/pack or storage building. They are compiled from the Midwest Plan Service, Canadian Plan Service, and the former Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES) which no longer exists.

Brenda Morris - Association of Food and Drug Officials

Added by Brenda Morris • Last updated August 14, 2019
Type: People
State: Other

Brenda leads the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) portion of collaborative efforts with NASDA and FDA on the implementation of FSMA’s produce safety.

Developing Traceability

Added by Cal Jamerson • Last updated August 9, 2019
Author: Cal Jamerson
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
State: KS

Guide for growers developing a traceability program.

The BSAAO Fact Sheet - Updated October 2019

Added by Cal Jamerson • Last updated October 7, 2019
Author: Calloway Jamerson
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: KS

Simplified fact sheet for understanding the BSAAO requirements of the PSR. Can also be used as a supplemental material for growers and trainers for Module 3 of the PSA Grower Training.

Risk Assessment Pocket Guide

Added by Cal Jamerson • Last updated August 9, 2019
Author: Cal Jamerson
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Meant to assist educators/inspectors/farmers with performing an operational risk assessment. User friendly and easy to understand was the goal.

Food Safety Research Information Office

Added by Dawanna James-Holly • Last updated November 14, 2019
Author: USDA
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The Food Safety Research Information Office support the needs of the research community to prevent unintended duplication of food safety research and assess food safety research needs and priorities.

Starting a Produce Safety Worker Training Program on Your Farm

Added by Chris Howard • Last updated August 6, 2019
Author: Chris Howard, Robson Machado, Ph.D.
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Do you need to start a produce safety worker training on your farm to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR)? Worker training that is specific to produce safety is required for farms that fall under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that each year, 48 million people get sick from a food-borne illness, 128,000 are...

Food Safety Best Management Practices for Wild Blueberry Producers in Maine

Added by Chris Howard • Last updated August 6, 2019
Author: Lily Calderwood, Ph.D., Robson Machado, Ph.D., Chris Howard
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: ME

The goal of this factsheet is to help wild blueberry growers with the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule, as well as to describe some best management practices.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule Exemptions

Added by Chris Howard • Last updated August 6, 2019
Author: Robson Machado, Ph.D. and Chris Howard
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The goal of this factsheet is to help you determine if your farm, your produce, and/or your farming activities fall under the requirements of the Produce Safety Rule (PSR).

Chris Howard - University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Added by Chris Howard • Last updated August 6, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: ME

Chris is a Produce Safety Professional with UMaine Cooperative Extension. She works with produce growers all around the state of Maine to help them comply with the FDA's new food safety regulations: The Food Safety Modernization Act, Produce Safety Rule.

Balancing Food Safety and Domesticated Animals on Produce Farms

Added by Dominique Giroux • Last updated August 5, 2019
Author: The University of Vermont Extension; Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This fact sheet describes Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR) requirements and produce safety best practices to consider when assessing domesticated animal presence on produce farms.

Dominique Giroux - Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Added by Dominique Giroux • Last updated August 5, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: VT

Dominique Giroux is the Education and Outreach Coordinator with the Produce Program at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. She manages the Produce Safety Improvement Grant program and coordinates the development of educational materials to help produce farms transition to FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance, access markets, and grow produce safety as part of the farm culture....

FDA Fact Sheet: Dropped Covered Produce (English and Spanish)

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated August 2, 2019
Author: FDA
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

FDA published fact sheet addressing the following questions on dropped covered produce. Available in both English and Spanish. What is dropped covered produce? Can I distribute dropped covered produce into the fresh market? If produce drops to the ground, can it be used for food for human consumption that receives commercial processing? When produce will receive commercial processing...

TAN response to question about the definition of "Food"

Added by Justin McConaghy • Last updated July 30, 2019
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

What is considered as "food" for calculating average food sales for the qualified exemption.

Instructions for using the Worker Training, please read this document first.

Worker Specific Training in Spanish

Added by Molly Gillingham • Last updated July 24, 2019
Author: Maryland Department of Agriculture and University of Maryland Extension, assistance from FDA’s Division of Produce Safety.
Type: Videos
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Record Keeping

Worker training that covers an Introduction to Produce Safety, Livestock and Poultry, Pre-harvest Activities, Harvest Activities and Post Harvest Activities as they relate to the Produce Safety Rule. Fulfills requirements of Subpart C, Section 112.21(a) of PSR.

Pest Management Video

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated July 22, 2019
Author: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Type: Videos
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Video covers best practices for pest management on produce farms.

Water Testing Video

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated July 22, 2019
Author: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Type: Videos
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

Covers the basics of agricultural water testing- sample collection and procedures.

Food Safety Infrastructure Solutions

Added by Andrea Brown • Last updated July 18, 2019
Type: Informational Overview; Videos
Topic: Food Safety Plan; Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans
State: GA

Building instructions for simple, low cost, GAP, GHP, and FSMA compliant hand-washing station, crop cooler, wash barrel for cleaning veggies and mesh wash station for separating clean and dirty veggies.

Meeting Report: Key Outcomes from a Collaborative Summit on Agricultural Water Standards for Fresh Produce

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 17, 2019
Author: Gretchen Wall, Donna Clements, Connie Fisk, Donald Stoeckel, Kristin Woods, and Elizabeth Bihn
Type: Journal Article
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

The Produce Safety Alliance organized a water summit in 2018 to increase understanding of the challenges growers face in implementing the agricultural water requirements and work collaboratively to develop practical solutions that can be applied on the farm to meet fresh produce production needs and protect public health. This report summarizes the key outcomes of the event.

Water Testing Video

Added by Andrea Brown • Last updated July 18, 2019
Type: Videos
Topic: Food Safety Plan; Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: GA

Bobby Jones and Chelsea Losh of Babe and Sage farm in Gordon, GA explain how they test their surface water to ensure water safety and comply with FSMA and 3rd Party Food Safety Audits.

Food Safety Podcast

Added by Andrea Brown • Last updated July 18, 2019
Author: Andrea Brown
Type: Podcast
Topic: Food Safety Plan; Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: GA

Radio journalist turned local farmer, Tenisio Seanima speaks with two Georgia farmers about their respective pursuits to enhance their produce-safety practices to not only scale up their business operations but most importantly to support the common good of the consumers who enjoy their products.

Andrea Brown - PSA Food Safety Trainer/Program Manager

Added by Andrea Brown • Last updated July 17, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: GA

Andrea Brown is the Education & Outreach Manager at Global Growers Network based in Atlanta, GA where she manages all programs staff, leads program evaluation, and connects farmers to resources that will help strengthen their businesses. Andrea holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Past work includes ten years working with Pardons and Paroles. This was followed by a...

Produce Safety Rule Compliance Date Chart

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 17, 2019
Author: Produce Safety Alliance, Southern Center
Type: Fact Sheets; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

One-page chart showing FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance dates broken down by business size. PSA Trainers may choose to include the chart as a supplemental slide and/or handout during Grower Trainings.

Food Safety for Flooded Farms

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 17, 2019
Author: Produce Safety Alliance
Type: Fact Sheets

This fact sheet is designed to help growers assess the risk and determine whether their crop is safe following a flood.

Bridging the GAPs Farm Guide

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 17, 2019
Author: Laura Raymond, Karen Ullmann, Ele Watts, Tricia Kovacs, and Sue Davis
Type: Project; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

The intent of this 357-page guide is to be a helpful resource for any small or mid-sized farm to gain an understanding of basic food safety concepts for produce farms and to begin improving their on-farm food safety practices.

Produce Safety Alliance en español (PSA Website in Spanish)

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 16, 2019
Type: National Curricula
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Record Keeping

La Alianza para la Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos (Produce Safety Alliance - PSA) es una colaboración entre la Universidad de Cornell, la FDA y el USDA para preparar a los agricultores de los productos agrícolas frescos a cumplir con los requisitos reglamentarios incluidos en la Norma de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos (Produce Safety Rule-PSR) de la Ley de Modernización de la...

Kristin Woods - Produce Safety Alliance

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

Kristin Woods, PhD joins the Produce Safety Alliance as the Southeast Regional Extension Associate through a collaborative arrangement with Alabama Extension and Auburn University. Since 2003, Kristin's focus has been on community education and economic development in the area of food safety and food systems.

Laura Acuña-Maldonado - Produce Safety Alliance

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

Laura Acuña-Maldonado, PhD has been working as an instructor for the online GAPS Produce Safety Course at Cornell University since 2011, helping growers and extension educators implement food safety training and develop and/or improve their own food safety plans, create worker training plans, and establish sanitary standard operating procedures. Laura joined the Produce Safety Alliance in October...

Gretchen Wall - Produce Safety Alliance

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

Gretchen Wall, MS is the Produce Safety Alliance's Coordinator and Northeast Regional Extension Associate. Since 2011, she has been instrumental in facilitating national and international collaborations between Land Grant institutions and educators, produce trade associations, grower organizations, and regulatory officials.

Betsy Bihn - Produce Safety Alliance

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

Elizabeth (Betsy) Bihn, PhD is the director of the Produce Safety Alliance and National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Program. Betsy’s extension program aims to reduce microbial risks to fresh fruits and vegetables by developing engaging and effective training and educational materials through collaboration with growers, packers, farm workers, food industry personnel, students, teachers, and...

Connie Landis Fisk - Produce Safety Alliance

Added by Connie Landis Fisk • Last updated July 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

Connie Landis Fisk, PhD is an Extension Educator using her background in horticulture and food science to help farmers of all ages and experience levels produce safe, healthy, and delicious fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, and mushrooms. She is the Produce Safety Alliance's Northwest Regional Extension Associate and can be found on Twitter @connie_fisk.

Luke LaBorde - Penn State University

Added by Luke LaBorde • Last updated July 15, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use
State: PA

Luke LaBorde is a Professor of Food Science and Extension Specialist in the Penn State Department of Food Science. His current research interests include finding ways to minimize contamination of produce packing houses and food processing facilities with Listeria monocytogenes and other harmful microorganisms. His extension activities center on food safety and sanitation curriculum development...

Molly Gillingham - Maryland Department of Agriculture

Added by Molly Gillingham • Last updated July 12, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: MD

BS in Animal Science and MS in Environmental Management. Work with the Maryland Department of Agriculture as an Agricultural Inspector, heavily involved in the Produce Safety Rule, as well as the GAPs Program. Lead Inspector for the Produce Safety Rule.

EDNA NEGRON - University of PR, Mayaguez campus affiliated to UFSC

Added by EDNA NEGRON • Last updated July 1, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: Other

Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from PSU. MS and BS in Chemistry from UPRM. Retired Professor from the UPRM and actually AH professor and Food Safety Consultant. Founder and Director of the FS and Technology MS Program and Food Safety Institute of the Americas. International HACCP Alliance trainer, HACCP juice trainer and Seafood HACCP trainer. FDA and USDA/FSIS awardee due to leveraging...

Juan L. Silva - Mississippi State University

Added by Juan L. Silva • Last updated July 1, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: MS

Juan is a Professor and Researcher in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion at Mississippi State University, USA and was a visiting professor (2014-2015) in the department of Food Technology at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He has been iinterim head and graduate coordinator in the past. He holds BS and MS in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Food Science and...

Record Templates - Missouri Dept of Agricutlure

Record Templates - Missouri Dept. of Agriculture

Added by Adam Mefrakis • Last updated June 28, 2019
Author: Missouri Department of Agriculture
Type: Tools & Calculators; Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: MO

Record Templates for Produce Growers. Produce Safety Rule

Adam Mefrakis - Missouri Department of Agriculture

Added by Adam Mefrakis • Last updated June 28, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: MO

Adam Mefrakis currently serves as a Produce Safety Inspector with the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Produce Safety Program. He assists the Program with developing outreach and educational materials for farmers, conducts farm visits with growers around the state, and aids in the Program’s development of farm inventory, standard operating procedures, and reports. Adam is a commissioned...

Are drinking water bottles allowed in the field/orchard?

Added by Luke LaBorde • Last updated June 26, 2019
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Farms have the flexibility to evaluate and designate drinking areas. Interpreted as - Drinking water bottles would be permitted in fields if the grower can justify that this practice does not increase contamination risks.

TAN Response regarding "dropped produce" on the vine

Added by Caitlyn Andrews • Last updated June 24, 2019
Author: FDA TAN
Type: TAN Question/Answer

There has been a lot of discussion of how the definition of "dropped produce" will affect produce growers who have produce that occasionally touches the ground while it grows but is not considered a root crop. This was the response from TAN

Michelle Jacokes - Produce Safety Technician

Added by Michelle Jacokes • Last updated June 13, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: MI

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Industry Management from Michigan State University in December of 2015, with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Following graduation, she traveled to Western Massachusetts to work as a Harvest Crew Leader on a biodiverse farm in the pioneer valley. After living in MA for a year she headed ‘home’ and traveled to Northern...

"Not Going Viral!" NYFC's Produce Safety Video 2019

Added by Maggie Kaiser • Last updated June 12, 2019
Author: Cara Fraver
Type: Videos
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Young farmers aren’t ignoring food safety laws! They’re attending trainings, learning how the rules apply to them, and making changes on their farms to grow food more safely.

Building your own Extra Tough Farm First Aid Kit

Added by Chelsea Matzen • Last updated June 11, 2019
Author: Kali Feiereisel
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This resource kit will help in making a farm first aid kit including links to buying the products online. The kit includes materials to accommodate the wear and tear of farming.

Maggie Kaiser - National Young Farmers Coalition

Added by Maggie Kaiser • Last updated June 12, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: LA

A first-generation urban farmer, Maggie Kaiser is the President of the New Orleans chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition and has been on our team since 2017 as a Food Safety Trainer. In that time, as a key member of the Coalition’s Business Services team, Maggie immersed herself in the growing field of on-farm produce safety and recruited and co-trained 1400 farmers on the topic. She is...

Hygienic Design for Produce Farms

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated May 31, 2019
Author: Chris Callahan & Andy Chamberlin
Type: Tools & Calculators; Fact Sheets; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Hygienic design intentionally creates or improves spaces and equipment so they can be cleaned and sanitized as appropriate. This post, associated PDF guide and checklist (PDF and Excel) are tools we developed to help apply hygienic and sanitary design practice on produce farms. These tools cover the five key principles of hygienic design for produce farms: Visible and Reachable...

Backflow Prevention for Produce Farms

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated May 31, 2019
Author: Chris Callahan
Type: Videos; Fact Sheets; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

The intentional, directional, and reliable flow of water is important to ensure agricultural water is “safe and of adequate sanitary quality”. This blog post provides information on the importance of backflow prevention and some common practices that help mitigate the risk of backflow. You can also view a recorded webinar on this topic that was provided for the May 2019 Produce Safety Alliance...

2019 Qualified Exemption (fillable)

Added by Cal Jamerson • Last updated May 30, 2019
Author: Cal Jamerson
Type: Tools & Calculators; Coverage Assessment Tools
Topic: Record Keeping; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Is an interactive pdf that will auto-calculate. Will be updated annually with the inflation adjustments.

Cara Fraver - National Young Farmers Coalition

Added by Cara Fraver • Last updated June 12, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: NY

Before joining the NYFC team, Cara owned and managed a diversified vegetable farm with her husband in upstate New York. Through work with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Just Food in NYC, and the New York State Berry Growers Association, she’s connected farmers with resources and education to improve their businesses for more than 15 years.

Patricia Carrillo - Agriculture & Land Based Training Association (ALBA)

Added by Patricia Carrillo • Last updated May 28, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: CA

The Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to create economic opportunity for limited-resource and aspiring organic farmers through land-based education in the heart of the Salinas Valley. Each year ALBA trains 35 aspiring farmers in the Farmer Education Course and helps grow the farm-business of an additional 40 participants...

CA Urban Ag Food Safety Guide

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated May 28, 2019
Author: Jennifer Sowerwine
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: CA

The purpose of this guide is to provide urban food producers in California with an overview of food safety laws and regulations that may impact their operations, as well as guidelines for best practices, or Good Agricultural (GAPs), that can help minimize the risk of contamination in the production and exchange of urban-produced foods.

Large poster format for direct market farms to post to alert customers about their animal policy.

Regulations impacting farms about service, comfort, and emotional support animals

Added by Meredith Melendez • Last updated May 28, 2019
Author: Meredith Melendez
Type: Tools & Calculators; Fact Sheets; Poster
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use
State: NJ

Farm poster, customer handout and informational sheet created for farmers to use to educate the public about their policies regarding ADA covered service animals, comfort animals, emotional support animals, and pets.

Meredith Melendez - Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Added by Meredith Melendez • Last updated May 21, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: NJ

County Agricultural Agent focusing on fresh produce safety, beginning farmer and organic producer outreach.

Qualified Exemption Worksheet

2019 Qualified Exemption Worksheet

Added by Cal Jamerson • Last updated May 21, 2019
Author: Cal Jamerson
Type: Coverage Assessment Tools
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Record Keeping

Worksheet to help determine if your farm is qualified exempt and to document the farms status if so.

Laura Reynolds - The International Rescue Committee, Sacramento

Added by Laura Reynolds • Last updated May 21, 2019
Type: People
State: CA

The New Roots program helps refugees reestablish their ties to the land, celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots in Sacramento. The program works to increase refugee access to and participation in the local food system through agricultural training, food access and security programming, community farming, and business development training.

sejal lanterman - URI Cooperative Extension Educator

Added by sejal lanterman • Last updated May 21, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use
State: RI

Mary Choate - UNH Extension

Added by Mary Choate • Last updated May 17, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans
State: NH

Food Safety Field Specialist Mary Saucier Choate, Food Safety Field Specialist, with UNH Extension, Grafton County since July 2017, is also a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with 24 years of service in the retail food and food safety fields. She earned a BA in Communication from UNH and an MS in Food and Nutrition from Framingham State College. Mary teaches ServSafe® and introductory food...

Stephanie Smith - Washington State University

Added by Stephanie Smith • Last updated May 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: WA

Dr. Stephanie Smith is an Assistant Professor and the Statewide Consumer Food Safety Specialist with WSU Extension and an Affiliate Assistant Professor with the UI/WSU Bi-State School of Food Science. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, with a research emphasis in Environmental Microbiology, from the University of Idaho. She provides food safety support, training, and education...

Jacob Roberson - University of California Cooperative Extension, Fresno County

Added by Jacob Roberson • Last updated May 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Ag Water (Preharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: CA

Years of experience in food safety 3rd party audits, and training farmers on FSMA and various 3rd party audits. Record keeping and traceability is a strength, along with other aspects and requirements for food safety compliance.

Heather Bryant - UNH Cooperative Extension

Added by Heather Bryant • Last updated May 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
State: NH

Heather is a fruit and vegetable production Field Specialist and the leader of UNH Cooperative Extension's FSMA team. Much of her FSMA work to date has focused on helping clients determine if and where they fall under the rules. She is a PSA trainer and works with partners to provide clients with farm and food business food safety information and training.

Fruits, Vegetables, and Food Safety: Health and Hygiene on the Farm

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Betsy Bihn
Type: Videos
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Designed to be part of a comprehensive worker training program, this 15-minute video offers guidance to workers on proper hand washing and toilet use, with emphasis on how their health affects the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Hygiene topics discussed in this video are reinforced in the Field Hygiene Poster Series. Available in DVD and VHS formats, each video contains both the English/...

Isaac Bonnell - Nonprofit

Added by Isaac Bonnell • Last updated May 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: WA

Farm Program Manager at Tilth Alliance

Vinay Mannam - Framingham State University

Added by Vinay Mannam • Last updated May 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: Preventive Controls (PCs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: MA

PhD, MS Food Science and Technology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville BS Agricultural Engineering

brad stevens - CommonWealth Kitchen

Added by brad stevens • Last updated May 16, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: MA

Director of Facilities and Operations
 Executive Chef
 CommonWealth Kitchen Dorchester MA

UVM Produce Safety Portal

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 15, 2019
Author: Hans Estrin, Rachel Schattman and Pete Land (Tamarack Media)
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This is a web-portal for growers and service providers to access current resources tailored to our region and community. It’s a “one-stop shop” for you to search information and images, save searches and favorites, and add relevant content to our curated repository.

Regional Water Quality Testing Labs Map – Northeast Region

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 15, 2019
Author: Hannah Doyle
Type: Tools & Calculators
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This collaborative effort brings together each individual state's (in the Northeast) water quality testing lab in information into ONE regional interactive map.

Service Animals on U-Pick Farms

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 15, 2019
Author: Laurel Dunn and Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The publication reviews applicable Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and outlines what this may mean for produce growers and farms with U-Pick operations, roadside stands, on-site restaurants, and other venues that are open to the general public.

Farmers Union Produce Safety Podcast

Added by Tommy Enright • Last updated May 12, 2019
Type: Podcast
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Record Keeping

Want to learn more about food safety on your farm and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule? This podcast is hosted by Chris Blanchard with support from the National Farmers Union Local Food Safety Collaborative and funding from the Food and Drug Administration.

The Farmers Beet Podcast

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated November 14, 2019
Author: Kali Feiereisel
Type: Podcast
Topic: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Food Safety Plan; Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
State: CA

The Farmers Beet Podcast shares the stories of small family farmers throughout California, getting the real information and the stories behind the food we grow and eat. In this series, we pay particular attention to the innovative work small-scale farmers are doing to keep their food safe to eat and share techniques– farmer to farmer.

Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Chapter 7.2

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated April 26, 2019
Author: Alison Work and Phil Tocco
Type: Videos
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This video is the eighth in a series to attempt to shed light on the FDA draft Guidance to Industry in interpreting the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This video will only cover the second half of Chapter 7.

Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Chapter 7.1

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated April 26, 2019
Author: Alison Work and Phil Tocco
Type: Videos
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

This video is the seventh in a series to attempt to shed light on the FDA draft Guidance to Industry in interpreting the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This video will only cover the first half of Chapter 7.

Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Chapter 6

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated April 26, 2019
Author: Alison Work and Phil Tocco
Type: Videos
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This video is the sixth in a series to attempt to shed light on the FDA draft Guidance to Industry in interpreting the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This video will only cover Chapter 6.

Keith Schneider - University of Florida

Added by Keith Schneider • Last updated April 22, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
State: FL

Keith Schneider received his Public Health Master’s degree from the University of South Florida and his PhD from the University of Florida’s Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. His work specializes in food microbiology, with a specific focus on produce safety. In addition to his research and teaching duties at the University of Florida, he conducts extension outreach, generating...

Farm Food Safety Posters

Added by Achyut Adhikari • Last updated April 19, 2019
Author: Achyut Adhikari & Daniela Turcios zelaya
Type: Poster
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

Signage and posters of food safety practices at the farm during field preparation, production, harvesting, handling, storage, transportation and at the point of sale.

Achyut Adhikari - LSU

Added by Achyut Adhikari • Last updated April 18, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: LA

Dr. Adhikari is an Assistant Professor and Extension Food Safety specialist at the Louisiana State University AgCenter. He is involved in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive issue-based educational outreach programming related to food safety. He work closely with producers, packers and processors on issues related with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements...

Process Exemption Flowchart

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated April 1, 2019
Author: Phil Tocco
Type: Coverage Assessment Tools
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

For farms that grow a variety of crops, what they need to do under the FSMA PSR can be confusing. This flowchart can help a grower make a more informed decision about what to do.

Ensuring Food Safety: Wineries

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This document is to assist wineries with distinguishing food safety regulations whether you buy the table grapes or grow your own.

Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Chapter 5

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated March 20, 2019
Author: Alison Work and Phil Tocco
Type: Guidance - Federal; Videos
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This video is the fifth in a series to attempt to shed light on the FDA draft Guidance to Industry in interpreting the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This video will only cover Chapter 5.

Cleaning Produce Washing Equipment: Conveyor Washing System Checklist

Added by Robert Hadad • Last updated March 18, 2019
Author: Robert Hadad
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

This checklist is to help farmers tackle the complex issues of cleaning produce wash equipment that wasn't made to be cleaned easily. The checklist is for a standard produce equipment set-up consisting of conveyor, brush washer, and absorber.

Laurie Neuman - MT Dept. of Agriculture

Added by Laurie Neuman • Last updated March 18, 2019
Type: People
State: MT

I am the Produce Food Safety and Organic Compliance Specialist for the MT Dept. of Agriculture. I have been an agriculture commodities field inspector within the Department for the previous 5 years.

Poster - NECAFS Clearinghouse

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Chris Callahan, Elizabeth Newbold, and Peter Land
Type: Poster; Project

This is a poster presented on the NECAFS Clearinghouse at the NASDA National Consortium in Orlando in March 2019.

Food Safe Compost Use

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated March 15, 2019
Author: Phil Tocco
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Soil Amendments; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This guidance document will walk you through the recommended steps for effective compost use while ensuring GAP and FSMA compliance.

Uso de abono inocuo para alimentos (Food Safe Compost Use) (Spanish)

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated March 15, 2019
Author: Filiberto Villa and Phil Tocco
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Soil Amendments; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Este documento de orientación le guiará por los pasos recomendados para lograr un uso efectivo del compostaje y al mismo tiempo garantiza el cumplimiento de las Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas (BPA) y de la Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos (FSMA).

Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Chapter 4

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated March 15, 2019
Author: Alison Work and Phil Tocco
Type: Guidance - Federal; Videos; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This video is the fourth in a series to attempt to shed light on the FDA draft Guidance to Industry in interpreting the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This video will only cover Chapter 4.

PSA Training Pre and Post Test Evaluation (English and Spanish Versions)

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated July 17, 2019
Author: Catherine (Kate) Shoulders - University of Arkansas
Type: Tools & Calculators; National Curricula; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

These evaluations have been developed by the Southern Regional Center at University of Florida to enhance the evaluation of learning among attendees of PSA trainings. One test is completed prior to the training and one is completed after. The evaluations are intended to be used nationally and to provide a common measurement for changes in knowledge as a result of the training program.

Production Water video

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated March 12, 2019
Author: Iowa State Extension
Type: Videos
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

Video showing how to safely use production water

Portable Handwashing Station / Unit - Multiple Plans

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated September 27, 2019
Author: Rod Gurganus & Gary Roberson (NCSU)
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training

A collection of designs for a handwashing stations appropriate for a wide range of production scales. From North Carolina State University.

Build Your Own Hand Washing Station

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 6, 2019
Author: University of California Cooperative Extension Small Farm Program
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Videos
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

How to make your own handwashing station for compliance with food safety good agricultural practices (GAPs). Also suggested for U-pick customers.

How to Build a Portable On-farm Handwashing Station

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 5, 2019
Author: Michele Schermann & Annalisa Hultberg (formerly Univ. of Minnesota Extension)
Type: Fact Sheets; Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training

You may think that you and your workers know how and when to wash their hands, but often more training and encouragement is needed. Hand sanitizer may be used after hand washing with soap and water. Hand washing stations should be near all portable toilet units and in your packing or storage shed. You can build your own handwashing station for $20; see our building instructions below.

Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Chapter 3

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated February 28, 2019
Author: Alison Work and Phil Tocco
Type: Guidance - Federal; Videos
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training

This video is the third in a series to attempt to shed light on the FDA draft Guidance to Industry in interpreting the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This video will only cover Chapter 3.

Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Chapter 2

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated March 16, 2019
Type: Guidance - Federal; Videos; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training

This video is the second in a series to attempt to shed light on the FDA draft Guidance to Industry in interpreting the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This video will only cover Chapter 2.

Produce Safety Rule Draft Guidance Chapter 1

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated March 16, 2019
Author: Phil Tocco & Alison Work
Type: Guidance - Federal; Videos; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This video is the first in a series to attempt to shed light on the FDA draft Guidance to Industry in interpreting the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). This video will only cover Chapter 1.

FAT TOM Poster

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated February 13, 2019
Author: IDDBA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

A poster summarizing the conditions that support the growth of microbial pathogens: food, acidity, time, temperature, oxygen, and moisture.

Fresh Produce Production Food Safety Plan Logs and Worksheets

Added by Justin McConaghy • Last updated February 12, 2019
Author: William McGlynn and Lynn Brandenberger
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Record Keeping; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The following worksheets are intended to serve as templates to cover most of the documentation and record keeping that will occur as part of a typical fresh produce food safety program.

Water System Inspections

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated February 8, 2019
Author: Phillip Tocco
Type: Videos
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Inspecting irrigation water systems is something that often happens without much thought to recordkeeping. This video covers much of the concerns of a water system inspection from a food safety perspective, and points out those areas specific to FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance.

FDA Recognized Training Programs and Materials (Standardized Terminology)

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated February 6, 2019
Author: Stephen Huges on behalf of the NCC TAC
Type: National Curricula; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This document summarizes and standardizes terms related to training and educational programs and materials related to food safety (Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule). Terms defined include FSMA Standardized Curriculum, Other FDA Recognized Training Curricula / Alternate Curricula, Modified Curriculum, Modality, Minor Accommodation, and Equivalent Curricula.

David A French PhD CFS PCQI - Aardvark Associates

Added by David A French PhD CFS PCQI • Last updated March 25, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan
State: PA

Technical consultant and Thermal Process Authority. Over 20 years working with small-scale food entrepreneurs. BS Cornell University '80, MS University of California- Davis '86, PhD University of Wisconsin '03. Member: Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists, International Association for Food Protection. Acidified Foods (21 CFR §117) - both thermally processed and...

Mark Queenan - Consultant

Added by Mark Queenan • Last updated January 29, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans
State: FL

Mark has vast knowledge of the food industry, FDA, USDA, FSIS, OSHA and Environmental Regulations, an in-depth technical understanding of RTE fresh produce, baked goods, seafood, meat and poultry, beverages, internal auditing programs, labeling regulations and committed to cost effective resource management and budgetary accountability. He is the recipient of the 13th annual DuPont Food...

Everyone Should Wash Their Hands

Added by Robert Way • Last updated January 23, 2019
Type: People; Videos
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Short animated video by the Produce Safety Alliance on handwashing

Ensuring Food Safety in the Vineyard: Wine Grapes

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Fact sheet on how the Food and Drug Act and FSMA deal with grapes intended for processing into wine, juice, must, and nectar.

Ensuring Food Safety in the Vineyard: Table Grapes

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

In this publication, topic areas are divided into worker training, pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest activities, records and visitors and u-pick customers. Covers Table Grapes specifically.

Good Manufacturing Practices Part 117 Online Course

Added by Elizabeth Demmings • Last updated March 25, 2019
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

This online course reviews the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) requirements of 21 CFR Part 117– Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food. It addresses the revisions made to the previous GMPs regulation, 21 CFR Part 110, as part of the FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule.

Produce Grower Information Binder

Added by Sean McCormick • Last updated December 18, 2018
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

The Produce Grower Information Binder is a quick reference guide that contains key information sheets and recordkeeping templates.

Sean McCormick - Rhode Island Department of Health

Added by Sean McCormick • Last updated December 17, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: RI

As a Principal Public Health Promotion Specialist at the Center for Food Protection within the Rhode Island Department of Health, I lead our quality improvement projects (including website enhancements and GIS), manage our inspection software contract, supervise the Compliance, Evaluation, and Standardization program and the Beach Program, and serve as agency liaison to the Produce Safety Program.

CONNECTFOOD - Food Safety Plan Generator

Added by Dave Seddon, MBA RD LD • Last updated December 13, 2018
Type: Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan

ConnectFood offers a step-by-step food safety plan generator to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act and HACCP with On-Demand plan reviews and development. One month free with code: PEAKCORE

Harvest Container Cleaning

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated August 7, 2019
Author: Phil Tocco
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

This resource document outlines the steps of cleaning and sanitizing food contact surfaces and offers examples of policy and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) statements that you can adapt to write a harvest container policy for your farm that is in compliance with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FSMA PSR.

On-farm Readiness Review Promotion

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated December 13, 2018
Author: Alison Work, Phil Tocco
Type: Videos
State: MI

In some cases, a service provider may want to promote the On-farm Readiness Review. This video can serve as a commercial of sorts, with a grower testimonial.

Visitor Policy Language for Food Safety Manuals

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated December 13, 2018
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This resource document will help you understand the necessary components of a field visitor policy and how to craft one.

Lab Resource to Help Growers Requesting Water Sampling

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated December 13, 2018
Author: Ben Phillips
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

Receptionists at labs need an at-a-glance guide to help growers calling in with sampling questions. This resource can easily be tacked up next to their phone for reference.

Basics of Worker Training

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated December 13, 2018
Author: Alison Work, Phil Tocco
Type: Videos
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This video covers the basics of worker training as outlined by FSMA.

Qualified exemption modified labeling requirements

Added by Don Stoeckel • Last updated December 4, 2018
Author: Don Stoeckel
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Case 000134162. Seeking clarification of what FDA intends by saying "the farm where the produce was grown"

Michael DiTomasso - agricultural production specialist (produce safety) at Vermont Agency of Ag

Added by Michael DiTomasso • Last updated November 15, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: VT

Recently hired produce inspector with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Previous experience in agricultural production and agricultural education.

SSA vs PSA training

Added by • Last updated November 15, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: Question regarding the training requirements for growers (solely sprout grower as well as sprouts and other produce growers). Does the SSA training cover all subparts of the rule or just sprouts? Or would a sprout grower need to do both the PSA and SSA trainings (cause the PSA...

PSR Exemption Survey (English)

PSR exemption survey

Added by Stuart Vermaak • Last updated November 8, 2018
Author: Stuart Vermaak
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Coverage Assessment Tools; Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: VA

This exemption survey tool assists growers in determining of they are exempt, qualified exempt or covered by the produce safety rule.

Stuart Vermaak - VCE Loudoun

Added by Stuart Vermaak • Last updated November 8, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Soil Amendments
State: VA

I am a food safety extension agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension. I am housed in Loudoun County (Northern Virginia). I am a trainer for the PSA grower course and do work with produce safety.

Federal and State Regulations on Selling Frozen and Dehydrated Foods

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

Includes best practices based on state-by-state regulations. The add on includes definitions and tested recipes. Covers 12 North Central states

Domesticated Animals Factsheet – FSMA Produce Safety Rule

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The add on covers best practices for pets and working animals around produce fields.

Cleaning Produce Washing Equipment: Root Barrel Washer Checklist

Added by Robert Hadad • Last updated March 29, 2019
Author: Robert Hadad
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Wooden root barrel washers are a great tool for removing field soil from root crops. The soil and vegetative debris can become lodged on the equipment making the task of cleaning difficult unless enough time and proper cleaning techniques are used.

The "Ideal" Wash and Pack Facility Layout

Added by Robert Hadad • Last updated November 7, 2018
Author: Robert Hadad
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The goal of this document is to provide more detail on setting up an efficient wash/pack facility with a focus on farm food safety and maintaining post-harvest quality. The idea here is think about the way to use a space to your best advantage and for more efficient cleaning.

Hannah Doyle - UVM Extension

Added by Hannah Doyle • Last updated November 5, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: VT

UVM Extension/NECAFS staff, small farmer (not covered by FSMA rule)

Robert Hadad - Cornell University

Added by Robert Hadad • Last updated November 5, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans
State: NY

Vegetable production educator with 25 years experience having run a small farm then an Extension educator for U. KY, NC State, and Cornell U. as well as research fellow at UMN. involved in farm food safety training in GAPs/HGAPs and now PSR for 12 years. Newly trained for On Farm Readiness Review. Research interests in wash/pack line equipment cleaning, facility design, and post harvest handling.

Bodily Fluid Clean Up on the Farm

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Guidance for handling bodily fluids in the field and in the pack house.

Introduction to Selecting an EPA-Labeled Sanitizer

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated October 30, 2018
Author: Donna Pahl Clements, Gretchen Wall, Don Stoeckel, Connie Fisk, Kristin Woods, and Elizabeth Bihn
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This document has been developed for educators to help growers understand the importance of selecting a labeled sanitizer and using the right sanitizer for their operation.

Dropped produce.

Added by • Last updated October 24, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: Hello, a cuadruple question regarding "dropped produce". I have read relevant responses to commentators, and still am unclear. We have cucumbers, eggplants and peppers in our farm. 1. Since the wording in the law says that the covered produce must drop to the ground "before"...

Draft Guidance: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: Guidance for Industry

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: FDA
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This guidance is being distributed for comment purposes only. This draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the current thinking of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA or we) on this topic. It does not establish any rights for any person and is not binding on FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and...

Do I Need to Comply with the FSMA Produce Rule?

Added by Lisa McKeag • Last updated November 7, 2018
Author: Lisa McKeag & Genevieve Higgins
Type: Guidance - Federal; Coverage Assessment Tools
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: MA

An interactive flowchart to help determine whether a farm is covered by the Produce Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Contains links to general produce safety resources to help anyone follow best practices.

Standard Operating Procedures: A Writing Guide

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated October 9, 2018
Author: Richard Stup
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Record Keeping

Standard operating procedures used in combination with planned training and regular performance feedback lead to an effective and motivated workforce. Farm managers and advisers benefit from consistent work performance and predictable results. Workers benefit from increased confidence and a clear sense of achievement.

Dropped Covered Produce

Added by • Last updated October 8, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: I have a question regarding §112.114 "What requirements apply to dropped covered produce?" The rule states: "You must not distribute dropped covered produce. Dropped covered produce is covered produce that drops to the ground before harvest. Dropped covered produce does not include...

Farm Stand and U-Pick Produce Operations Safety Best Practices

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Guidance document to assist those who run Farm Stands and U Pick sites. The topics covered include signage; bathrooms; parking; money; samples; and more.

FSMA Produce Rule Summary for Midwest Orchards

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Record Keeping

Guidance document for orchards. Topics include worker health and hygiene; pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest activities; required records; and visitors.

Federal and State Regulations on Selling Pickled Vegetables

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Published Plans & Statutes (State)

State by state regulations for the processing and selling of pickled vegetables. Includes definitions and tested recipes.

Federal and State Regulations on Selling Jams and Jellies

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Published Plans & Statutes (State)

State by state regulations that cover processing and selling Jams and Jellies. Includes definitions and tested recipes.

Federal and State Regulations on Selling Fermented Foods

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Published Plans & Statutes (State)

State by state regulations on what processors can sell with or without licenses or permits for fermented foods. Also includes definitions and tested recipes.

Mushroom GAPs Audit and FSMA Resources

Added by Luke LaBorde • Last updated October 2, 2018
Author: Luke LaBorde
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Mushroom growing practices are highly specialized compared to other specialty crops. This article provides information and resources the mushroom growers, packers, and slicers need to follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and to comply with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food regulations.

Aaron Finley - New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Added by Aaron Finley • Last updated September 28, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: NY

30 years experience with NYSDAM including conducting GAP audits, USDA fruit and vegetable grading, USDA poultry, shell egg and egg products inspection, COOL reviews, USDA PDP and MDP sampling, Produce Safety Program Office Administrator

FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Dealing with Wildlife

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Guidance on handling wildlife on the farm and a checklist to assess a farm

Qualified Exemptions and Food Hubs/Coops

Added by • Last updated September 19, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: I'm working with a coop that meets the definition of a farm in the PC Rule and the definition of a retail food establishment. Since they meet both of those definitions, are they covered under the PSR and may count as a QEU for farms selling to them? There is confusion because it is...

Pre-Harvest Checklist

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Tools & Calculators
Topic: Record Keeping; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Looking for an easy way to document that you and your workers are ready to harvest? Use the NCR Pre-Harvest Checklist.

Abridged PDF of Issue 20:Summer 2018

Agricultural Water Testing and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated September 13, 2018
Author: Don Stoeckel, Betsy Bihn, Phil Tocco, Marissa Schuh, Ben Phillips, and Kaiping Deng
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

The purpose of this article is to describe: • Specific agricultural water testing requirements from the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, • How these requirements might impact analysis requests to water testing laboratories, and • How agricultural water testing may be different from the testing needs of more traditional laboratory clients such as drinking water utilities, wastewater utilities, water...

Justin McConaghy - Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry

Added by Justin McConaghy • Last updated September 12, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: OK

I am the Produce Safety Program Coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry and the FDA Produce CAP co-PI. I have experience in PSA, OFRR, Cooperative Extension Service teaching, meat further processing verification, egg grading/inspection, poultry grading, and farming. I have a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics and in the current IFPTI fellowship cohort.

Who can be the responsible party for the Farm per 112.23

Added by • Last updated September 11, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: For the purposes of 21CFR 112.22(c) and 112.23, who can serve as responsible party for the farm? -- Can a full-time non-supervisory employee of the covered farm, such as a book keeper, serve in the role(s)? -- Can a consultant, such as AgSafe in California, serve in the role(s)...

FDA Produce Safety Network (PSN)

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: Callahan, C.
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Implementation of the Produce Safety Rule provides unique opportunities and challenges, including recognition of regional differences in growing practices, and increased reliance on state regulatory partners. 
 To achieve the goal of high rates of industry compliance, FDA created the Produce Safety Network (PSN). The Produce Safety Network is comprised of seven produce safety experts and...

Vegetable Starts and Potted Plants

Added by • Last updated August 22, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: Re: 21 CFR 112 Scenario: a business has >$500k worth of annual sales and sells primarily vegetable starts (e.g. whole produce plants that are sold to costumers, often to be transplanted out into a garden). In this scenario, do vegetable starts contribute to the business’s...

GAP Training Videos in Hmong

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 19, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Videos

Four videos on cleaning and sanitizing in Hmong language. Subtitles are in English.

TAN answers for FSMA legally binding?

Added by BILLY MITCHELL • Last updated August 7, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: Good morning,  Are the answers provided by the TAN for FSMA legally binding?  Than you. 

Wash Your Produce sign in Spanish

12"x18"-Wash Your Produce-Sign-Spanish

Added by Shauna Henley • Last updated May 17, 2019
Author: Shauna Henley
Type: People; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

Color 12"x18" Wash your Produce sign in Spanish. Highlights the hows and whys consumers would want to know to wash produce.

Creating a Database of Water Quality Testing Labs (RD001)

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated September 14, 2018
Author: Marissa Schuh, Ben Phillips, Don Stoeckel, Betsy Bihn
Type: Fact Sheets; Coverage Assessment Tools
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

Many organizations have a desire to build a dynamic, accessible list of water labs for their clientele. In some cases, growers near state boundaries would benefit from having seamless mapping among states. This document can serve as a template to create a seamless National map.

Wash Your Produce-Sign-English

Added by Shauna Henley • Last updated July 24, 2018
Author: Shauna Henley
Type: People; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

12"x18" color sign to let consumers know how and why they wash their produce-English

Shauna Henley - University of Maryland Extension

Added by Shauna Henley • Last updated March 25, 2019
Type: People
Topic: Preventive Controls (PCs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training
State: MD

B.S. - Biology, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
 M.S. - Nutrition & Food Science, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
 Ph.D.- Biology with a concentration in Human Nutrition, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
 
 RESEARCH INTERESTS Dr. Henley's current work, focuses on nutrition and food safety education for community members. Her more current...

FDA Fact Sheet - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin (BSAAO)

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: FDA
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Soil Amendments; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Biological soil amendments of animal origin (BSAAO) are biological soil amendments which consist, in whole or in part, of materials of animal origin, such as manure or non-fecal animal byproducts including animal mortalities, or table waste, alone or in combination. FDA created fact sheet walks through some frequently asked questions regarding BSAAO.

Greens Spinners for Farm Use

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 25, 2019
Author: Callahan, C. & Chamberlin, A.
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Videos
Topic: Ag Water (Postharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

This blog post, PDF publication and video provide background on some of the key features to consider when thinking about a spinner including cost, capacity, power, space and sanitary design. Manual spinners, washing machine conversions and commercially available electric spinners are described with links included for more information. An outline of a cleaning and sanitizing SOP is also included...

Harmonized GAPs Food Safety Standard Audit

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated July 12, 2018
Author: USDA FDA
Type: Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service, Specialty Crops Program, Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division Audit Programs offers voluntary independent audits of produce suppliers throughout the production and supply chain. The Harmonized GAP Standard was recently aligned with the FSMA PSR.

On Farm Food Safety - Create a Food Safety Manual

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 26, 2019
Author: FamilyFarmed
Type: Tools & Calculators
Topic: Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

CREATE A CUSTOMIZED FOOD SAFETY PLAN
 
 Based on harmonized GAP standards, this tool utilizes a number of decision trees that help you assess and address areas of food safety risk that are unique to your operation. Using this tool will help you develop a food safety plan that you can print and implement on your farm. It can also help prepare you for a food safety audit should you...

California Cannery License Program (Web Version)

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated August 31, 2019
Type: Informational Overview
State: CA

This document covers the California Cannery License timeline for business manufacturing, processing, and/or storing of low-acid and acidified canned food products in California. This web version has live links to various websites.

California Cannery License Program (Print Version)

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated July 9, 2018
Type: Informational Overview
State: CA

This document covers the California Cannery License timeline for business manufacturing, processing, and/or storing of low-acid and acidified canned food products in California.

Processed Food Registration (Web Version)

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated July 9, 2018
Type: Informational Overview

This document covers the Processed Food Registration (PFR) permit timeline for business manufacturing, processing, and/or storing food in California. This web version has live links to various websites.

Processed Food Registration (Print Version)

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated July 9, 2018
Type: Informational Overview
State: CA

This document covers the Processed Food Registration (PFR) permit timeline for business manufacturing, processing, and/or storing food in California.

Blog Post/Video Playlist: AZS Rinse Conveyor at Sassafras Creek Farm

Added by Andrew Chamberlin • Last updated July 2, 2018
Author: Andy Chamberlin
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Videos
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This playlist explains the features and benefits of the AZS Rinse Conveyor. A small-scale vegetable wash line for multiple crops

Floor Design for Vegetable Wash, Pack and Storage Areas

Added by Andrew Chamberlin • Last updated June 26, 2018
Author: Andrew Chamberlin
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This fact sheet shares guidance on floor design for vegetable wash pack and storage areas.

Infiltration of Produce

Added by Kristen Buermeyer • Last updated November 6, 2018
Author: Genevieve Higgins
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

This article discusses what crop infiltration is, why it must be avoided and how to prevent it.

Food Safety and Crop Loss Issues from Flooding

Added by Kristen Buermeyer • Last updated June 20, 2018
Author: UMass Vegetable Extension
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Preharvest)

This article discusses the food safety risks associated with crops impacted by flood waters as well as the steps to recover the affected areas and produce.

Maryland Water Testing Laboratories

Added by Justine Beaulieu • Last updated June 19, 2018
Author: University of Maryland and Maryland Department of Agriculture
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest)
State: MD

This is a list of eight water testing laboratories in and around Maryland

Checklist for Retail Purchasing of Fresh Food

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Record Keeping

This Checklist can provide documentation to the buyer that GAPs were followed on the farm, and that  the buyer took reasonable care when purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from a grower. 

Donna Clements - Produce Safety Alliance

Added by Donna Clements • Last updated July 16, 2019
Author: Donna Clements
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

Donna Clements has served as the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Southwest Regional Extension Associate since 2015. Based in Riverside, California, Donna’s role with PSA is to offer training courses on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, provide technical assistance to growers and produce safety educators, and develop educational food safety resources.

Produce Auctions and Preventive Controls for Human Food

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated June 13, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: This is about the how the final produce safety rule will apply to distribution facilities called 'produce auctions'. These are commonly used by Amish and Mennonite growers in eastern US. My understanding is that these facilities are exempted from the preventative controls human food...

Product Tracing Requirements for Farmers' Market Vendors

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated June 13, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: Record Keeping; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: I have received a question about the current status of product tracing requirements under FSMA. Specifically, this question is related to what would be the responsibility of vendors selling produce at farmers markets to have records of where that product came from? Some vendors may...

Qualified End User

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated June 13, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: This question specifically is directed to the definition of a qualified end user under the Produce Safety Rule and being eligible for the qualified exemption. In this case, I am working with a produce grower who sells more than $25k (over three years average in produce sales), but...

Water Used to Sprout Mushrooms

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated June 15, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: Could you help me determine if the water used to sprout mushrooms is agricultural water?  The logs are soaked in spring water, typically a week passes before the mushrooms begin to grow.

Hops Covereage Status

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated June 13, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: Are hops exempted from the FSMA Produce rule when used in the making of beer?

Water Sampling

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated June 15, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: How to sample on a property that has hundreds of wells, only a few of which are used in a given year.  How to sample on leased property.

Coverage of Root-on Produce under Subpart M

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated June 13, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: Good morning.  At a recent training PSA Grower Training several participants asked questions related to sprouts, and coverage of various products under subpart M.  We reviewed the preamble statements related to sprouts and the general information that if the product is separated...

Proposed Compliance Dates for Requirements in Subpart E

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated June 13, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

TAN Question: Thank you for your response to our question assigned to Case 00146080. In this response, FDA wrote "If finalized, these compliance dates would mean, for example, that a farm that is not small or very small must begin sampling and testing untreated surface water in accordance with §...

Field Coring

Added by • Last updated June 8, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: Field coring is given as an example of harvesting in section 117.3.  If the cabbage are removed from the field, and then cored inside a building, is this then considered cutting and an example of manufacturing, therefore subject to the FSMA PCHF requirements in section 117.20(b)? ...

Value-Added On-Farm Processing Regulatory Considerations

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated November 14, 2019
Type: Guidance - Federal; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: CA

This resource aims to aid farmers interested in producing value-added products in understanding the multiple state and federal regulatory
 requirements for selling processed food products.

FSMA Toilet Facilities Requirements

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated June 13, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

TAN Question: Would pit toilets where all the waste is collected in a large dug hole be allowed under FSMA toilet facilities requirements (112.129) and (112.131) control and dispose of sewage requirements?  If the toilet is set up in a location that is not too far from the field, but far enough...

Postharvest Chlorination

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated August 30, 2019
Author: Trevor Suslow
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Preventive Controls (PCs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Basic Properties and Key Points for Effective Disinfection

CPS Annual Symposia Resources

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated June 6, 2018
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

Key learnings from annual CPS Symposium.

CPS 2016 Research Symposium

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated June 5, 2018
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs)

Key learnings from the 2016 Center for Produce Safety Symposium, held in Seattle, WA.

CPS Annual Symposia Resource 2017

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated June 5, 2018
Author: Bob Whitaker, Ph.D
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

Key Learnings and summary of the research presented at the 2017 Center for Produce Safety Symposium.

Microbial Water Quality Profile Compliance Dates

Added by • Last updated June 12, 2018
Type: TAN Question/Answer
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

TAN Question: Hello. This question is about FDA's Proposed Rule "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption; Extension of Compliance Dates for Subpart E" (9/13/17). The proposed rule states "As part of this proposed extension, we also propose to...

Food Safety Plans (Spanish)

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated May 16, 2018
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This factsheet briefly summarizes the food safety plan requirements for National Organic Program (NOP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety and why it is important to document a food safety plan in Spanish. Equilibrando la Inocuidad Alimentaria y Requisitos Orgánicos para: Planes Escritos

FSMA 101 (Spanish)

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated May 16, 2018
Type: Guidance - Federal; Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

This factsheet covers information on the National Organic Program (NOP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Hoja Informativa Introductoria de esta Serie Acerca de Cómo Equilibrar la Inocuidad Alimentaria y los Requisitos Orgánicos

Recordkeeping (Spanish)

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated November 14, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Record Keeping; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This factsheet covers the recordkeeping requirements for the National Organic Program (NOP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety in spanish. 
 Equilibrando la Inocuidad Alimentaria y Requisitos Orgánicos para: Mantenimiento de Registros - Fincas Completamente Cubiertas

Wisconsin Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: WI

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Wisconsin.

South Dakota Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: SD

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in South Dakota.

Ohio Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: OH

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Ohio.

North Dakota Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: ND

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in North Dakota.

Nebraska Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: NE

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Nebraska.

Missouri Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: MO

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Missouri.

Minnesota Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: MN

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Minnesota.

Michigan Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: MI

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Michigan.

Kansas Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: KS

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Kansas.

Indiana Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: IN

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Indiana.

Illinois Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: IL

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Illinois.

Iowa Value Added Products Quiz

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
State: IA

An interactive quiz to help growers understand what is legal to sell/process in Iowa.

How to Clean and Sanitize Crates

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated June 13, 2018
Author: Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Videos
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

A five-minute video showing best practices to clean and sanitize crates.

Cleaning a Walk-in Cooler video

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 14, 2018
Author: Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Videos
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

A four-minute video showing best practices to clean a walk-in cooler.

Food Safety Flowchart (Spanish)

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated May 23, 2018
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Un Diagrama de Flujo para Agricultores y Empresas de Alimentos. The following document displays multiple flowcharts under the produce rule and preventive control under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in SPANISH.

Wild and Domestic Animals

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated November 14, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This factsheet summarizes the requirements from National Organic Program (NOP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety concerning wild and domestic animals and reducing pathogenic contamination. 

Monitoring for Significant Animal Contamination

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated November 14, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This factsheet summarizes the requirements from National Organic Program (NOP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety for monitoring and recordkeeping of livestock.

Land Use History and Neighboring Impacts

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated November 14, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This factsheet summarizes the requirements from National Organic Program (NOP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety for land risks and assessments such as manure, animal material and pathogenic sources.

Worker Training and Health and Hygiene

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated November 14, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This factsheet summarizes what organic farmers will have to do for FSMA on training workers, worker health and hygiene, and visitor health and hygiene if they are fully covered by the Produce Rule.

Recordkeeping

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated November 14, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Record Keeping

This factsheet covers the recordkeeping requirements for the National Organic Program (NOP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety.

Food Safety Plans

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated November 14, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest); Food Safety Plans

This factsheet briefly summarizes the food safety plan requirements for National Organic Program (NOP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety and why it is important to document a food safety plan.

Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch - Penn State Extension

Added by Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch • Last updated May 14, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: PA

Maria works for Penn State Extension’s Horticulture and Food Safety teams. She has been extensively reaching out to the Latino Community nationally and internationally. She has been expanding the program’s efforts to reach out the Latino Community by developing and adapting new, culturally-appropriate outreach materials, delivering trainings in Spanish and English and assessing the needs of the...

The Bad Bug Book

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: Keith A. Lampel, Ph.D., Editor Sufian Al-Khaldi, Ph.D., Co-editor Susan Mary Cahill, B.S., Co-editor
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The second edition of the Bad Bug Book, published by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides current information about the major known agents that cause foodborne illness.

Guidance for Industry: What You Need To Know About Administrative Detention of Foods; Small Entity Compliance Guide

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PCHF)

FDA prepared this guidance to restate the legal requirements in section 304(h) of the FD&C Act. Previously, this guidance restated the legal requirements for FDA’s administrative detention regulation at 21 CFR Part 1, Subpart K, implementing section 304(h) of the FD&C Act.

Guidance for Industry: Policy Regarding Certain Entities Subject to the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Preventive Controls, Produce Safety, and/or Foreign Supplier Verification Programs

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PCHF); General (PSR)

The purpose of this document is to state the intent of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, we, or the Agency) not to enforce certain regulatory requirements as they currently apply to certain entities and/or activities. The applicable requirements are established in our regulations entitled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food...

Guidance for Industry: Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption: What You Need to Know About the FDA Regulation - Small Entity Compliance Guide

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PSR)

We have prepared this Small Entity Compliance Guide in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (Pub. Law 104-121). This guidance document is intended to assist small entities in complying with the rule set forth in 21 CFR Part 112 concerning Produce Safety. The rule is binding and has the full force and effect of law.

Guidance for Industry: Necessity of the Use of Food Product Categories in Food Facility Registrations and Updates to Food Product Categories (2016 Edition)

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PCHF); General (PSR)

This guidance represents the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) conclusion on the necessity of food product categories in food facility registrations submitted to FDA under section 415 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 350d), as added by section 305 of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (Bioterrorism Act)...

Guidance for Industry: FDA Records Access Authority Under Sections 414 and 704 of the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PCHF); General (PSR); Record Keeping

This guidance document provides updated information pertaining to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to access and copy records under sections 414 and 704 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) (Public Law 111-353) was signed into law on January 4, 2011. Section 101 of FSMA amends section 414(a) and 704(a)(1)(B...

Guidance for Industry: What You Need to Know About Registration of Food Facilities; Small Entity Compliance Guide

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PCHF)

This guidance document is a restatement of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) current requirements for registration of food facilities presented in simplified format and language. As guidance, it is not binding on either FDA or the public.

Guidance for Industry: What You Need to Know About the FDA Regulation: Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food; Small Entity Compliance Guide

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PCHF)

This guide was developed to inform domestic and foreign food facilities about the PCHF regulation and how to comply with it. It contains important information that may affect your firm.

Guidance for Industry: What You Need to Know About Establishment and Maintenance of Records; Small Entity Compliance Guide

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: General (PCHF); General (PSR); Record Keeping

This guidance was created to inform domestic persons in the U.S. who manufacture, process, pack, transport, distribute, receive, hold, or import food for humans or animals, and foreign persons who transport food in the U.S., about final regulations that establish requirements regarding the establishment and maintenance of records.

Ag Water Tools and Calculators

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated September 6, 2019
Author: Western Center for Food Safety / UC Davis / Arizona State
Type: Tools & Calculators
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The Produce Safety Rule (PSR) requires growers to initially establish a Microbial Water Quality Profile (MWQP) for each untreated agricultural water source used during growing activities of covered produce (other than sprouts) using a direct water application method and conduct annual surveys for that water source in subsequent years. Listed here are several tools that were developed to make it...

Record Keeping Envelope

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Author: NCR FSMA
Type: Guidance - Federal; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Coverage Assessment Tools; Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Record Keeping

Includes an Exemption Worksheet and Exemption Guide to help growers determine their status under the Produce Safety Rule.

Hawaii Roots Food Safety Outreach Project

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Odom, S. K.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Hawaii Roots Food Safety Outreach Project, (#2016-07325). Odom, S. K.. Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services, Honolulu, Hawaii

National Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Alcaine, S. D.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

National Dairy Food Safety Plan Coaching Workshop, (#2017-04951). Alcaine, S. D.. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

A Multistate Effort To Integrate And Expand Farmers Market Food Safety Materials Across The Southern Region To Increase Food Safety Culture

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Boyer, R. R.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

A Multistate Effort To Integrate And Expand Farmers Market Food Safety Materials Across The Southern Region To Increase Food Safety Culture, (#2016-07426). Boyer, R. R.. Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia

Practical Tools For Food Safety On Small Diversified Fruit And Vegetable Farms

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Chanin, R.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Practical Tools For Food Safety On Small Diversified Fruit And Vegetable Farms, (#2016-07333). Chanin, R.. Global Growers Network Inc, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Cultivate Kentucky Parternship Expansion

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Brislen, L.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Cultivate Kentucky Parternship Expansion, (#2017-04983). Brislen, L.. University Of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Community Accreditation For Produce Safety In Vermont

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Grubinger, V.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Community Accreditation For Produce Safety In Vermont, (#2016-07338). Grubinger, V.. University Of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Expanding Food Safety Outreach And Education For Local Food Systems In California

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Runsten, D.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Expanding Food Safety Outreach And Education For Local Food Systems In California, (#2016-07342). Runsten, D.. Community Alliance With Family Farmers Foundation, Davis, California

Enhancing The Safety Of Locally Grown Produce For Veterans In Agriculture

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Brightwell, R. L.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Enhancing The Safety Of Locally Grown Produce For Veterans In Agriculture, (#2017-04961). Brightwell, R. L.. University Of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Food Safety Bites: A Weekly Food Safety Podcast

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: SILVA, E. M.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Food Safety Bites: A Weekly Food Safety Podcast, (#2017-04982). Silva, E. M.. Univ Of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Revision And Expansion Of The Florida "Build Your Own Farm Food Safety Manual" Program

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Chapin, T. K.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Revision And Expansion Of The Florida "Build Your Own Farm Food Safety Manual" Program, (#2017-04936). Chapin, T. K.. University Of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Development Of An Alternative FSMA Compliant Produce Safety Curriculum For Plain Sect And Other Smaller Fresh Produce Growers

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: LaBorde, L. F.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Development Of An Alternative FSMA Compliant Produce Safety Curriculum For Plain Sect And Other Smaller Fresh Produce Growers, (#2016-07340). Laborde, L. F.. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Identifying Food Safety Risks On Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gardens

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Blakey, D. W.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Identifying Food Safety Risks On Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gardens, (#2017-04962). Blakey, D. W.. University Of California, Davis, Davis, California

Environmental Assessments To Customize Food Safety Training For Very Small To Small Strawberry Producers In The Southeastern United States

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Gibson, K.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Environmental Assessments To Customize Food Safety Training For Very Small To Small Strawberry Producers In The Southeastern United States, (#2017-04973). Gibson, K.. University Of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Adapting Food Safety Curriculum And Training Materials To Support Comprehensive Technical Assistance Programming Targeting Diverse Beginning Farmers In Massachusetts

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: DellaRoman, M.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Adapting Food Safety Curriculum And Training Materials To Support Comprehensive Technical Assistance Programming Targeting Diverse Beginning Farmers In Massachusetts, (#2016-07316). Dellaroman, M.. Third Sector New England, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

Food Safety Education And Outreach Programming For Plain Growers

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Ilic, S.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Food Safety Education And Outreach Programming For Plain Growers, (#2017-04949). Ilic, S.. Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio

Local Produce Safety Initiative

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: McSwain, K.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Local Produce Safety Initiative, (#2017-04935). Mcswain, K.. Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro, North Carolina

Artisan Dairy Producer Food Safety Initiative

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Umhoefer, J. T.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

Artisan Dairy Producer Food Safety Initiative, (#2016-07304). Umhoefer, J. T.. Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, Madison, Wisconsin

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Related Food Safety Education And Outreach For Hard-To-Reach Audiences In The Pacific Northwest And Alaska Using Current Land-Grant University Extension System

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Kim, J.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Related Food Safety Education And Outreach For Hard-To-Reach Audiences In The Pacific Northwest And Alaska Using Current Land-Grant University Extension System, (#2016-07428). Kim, J.. Univ Of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

Fruits, Vegetables and FSMA Compliance: Multilingual Audiovisual Food Safety Training For Farms And Packinghouses

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Bihn, E. A.
Type: Project; Videos
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training

Fruits, Vegetables and FSMA Compliance: Multilingual Audiovisual Food Safety Training For Farms And Packinghouses, (#2017-04941). Bihn, E. A.. N Y Agricultural Expt Station, Geneva, New York

Expansion And Integration of FSMA Education And Outreach For Beginning And Socially Disadvantaged Sustainable Organic Producers

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Frazier, M. D.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Expansion And Integration of FSMA Education And Outreach For Beginning And Socially Disadvantaged Sustainable Organic Producers, (#2016-07331). Frazier, M. D.. Grow Food, Burlington, Washington

Food Safety Management Training For Small And Emerging Food Businesses: Integrating A Food Safety Culture From Concept To Commercialization

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Kinchla, A. J.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

Food Safety Management Training For Small And Emerging Food Businesses: Integrating A Food Safety Culture From Concept To Commercialization, (#2017-04978). Kinchla, A. J.. University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Providing Small Farms An Integrated Approach To Meet FSMA, GAPS, And NOP Requirements Through Education, Outreach, And Technical Support

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Suokko, K.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Providing Small Farms An Integrated Approach To Meet FSMA, GAPS, And NOP Requirements Through Education, Outreach, And Technical Support, (#2016-07339). Suokko, K.. Local Food Hub, Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia

Customized Food Safety Intervention Strategies For Hard To Reach Producers

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Marshall, S.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Customized Food Safety Intervention Strategies For Hard To Reach Producers, (#2016-07319). Marshall, S.. Texas Organic Farmers And Gardeners Association, Elgin, Texas

Practical Tools For Food Safety On Small, Diversified Fruit & Vegetable Farms

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Koppa, K.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Practical Tools For Food Safety On Small, Diversified Fruit & Vegetable Farms, (#2017-04959). Koppa, K.. Global Growers Network Inc, Stone Mountain, Georgia

Building Institutional Capacity For Assisting Producers And Processors In The New Food Safety Regulatory Landscape

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Fouladkhah, A.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Building Institutional Capacity For Assisting Producers And Processors In The New Food Safety Regulatory Landscape, (#2016-07430). Fouladkhah, A.. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee

Hands-On Food Safety Training For Small Farms In Fresno County

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Dahlquist-Willard, R.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Hands-On Food Safety Training For Small Farms In Fresno County, (#2017-04957). Dahlquist-Willard, R.. University Of California, Davis, Davis, California

Empowering Small On Farm And Limited Resource Processors With Custom Fsma Training

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: McReynolds, R.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)

Empowering Small On Farm And Limited Resource Processors With Custom Fsma Training, (#2016-07324). Mcreynolds, R.. Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro, North Carolina

Bilingual Produce Safety Educational Programming For Hispanic/Latino Fresh Produce Growers And Farmworkers In Pennsylvania

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Gorgo-gourovitch, M. A.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Bilingual Produce Safety Educational Programming For Hispanic/Latino Fresh Produce Growers And Farmworkers In Pennsylvania, (#2017-04984). Gorgo-Gourovitch, M. A.. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

Food Safety Training And Assistance For The Cottage Law Home Baker

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Graves, A.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)
State: OK

Food Safety Training And Assistance For The Cottage Law Home Baker, (#2017-04938). Graves, A.. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma

Develop & Implement A Hybrid Workshop In Fsma Produce Safety & Preventive Controls Rules For Stakeholders Growing & Processing High-Risk Produce

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Tikekar, R.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Develop & Implement A Hybrid Workshop In Fsma Produce Safety & Preventive Controls Rules For Stakeholders Growing & Processing High-Risk Produce, (#2016-07335). Tikekar, R.. Univ Of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Farm Food Safety For North Dakota Specialty Crop Growers

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Mawby, H.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Farm Food Safety For North Dakota Specialty Crop Growers, (#2017-04980). Mawby, H.. Dakota College At Bottineau, Bottineau, North Dakota

Mobile Produce And Practicing Food Safety Project

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Small, V.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Mobile Produce And Practicing Food Safety Project, (#2017-04963). Small, V.. Best Brothers Exelling With Se, Greensboro, North Carolina

WVSU Cold Chain Initiative

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Stewart, M.
Type: Project
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

WVSU Cold Chain Initiative, (#2016-07417). Stewart, M.. West Virginia State University, Institute, West Virginia

Kali Feiereisel - Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Added by Kali Feiereisel • Last updated April 12, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: CA

Kali provides food safety technical assistance to farmers as they further develop their practices to meet new requirements. In addition to her background in diversified vegetable production, she recently studied food safety, local food systems, and food and agriculture policy while completing her graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley.

Dave Seddon - Food Safety Business Consultant / SQF Services

Added by Dave Seddon, MBA RD LD • Last updated December 13, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: ME

25+ years of nationwide consulting in Food Safety, Business, and Nutrition: Experience includes: PCQI Lead Instructor in Human Food Production; HACCP/Food Safety Planning, Auditing, and Training; Nutrition and Allergy Plans; R&D; Nutrition Education; Sanitation; Food Manufacturing and Processing / SQF Implementation; SOP develpment; Financial and Operational Performance. * HACCP / Food...

Sanitary Design and Construction of Food Processing and Handling Facilities

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated April 2, 2018
Author: Ronald H. Schmidt and Daniel J. Erickson
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

To ensure safe food and adequate sanitation programs, the facility and surroundings in which food processing and handling operations are conducted must be designed and constructed with sanitary design principles in mind. Many existing facilities do not have optimum sanitary design and construction.

FSMA Inflation Adjusted Cut Offs

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated April 27, 2019
Type: Guidance - Federal; Coverage Assessment Tools
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Implicit Price Deflators for Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
 
 Several FSMA rules have provisions in which a value is adjusted for inflation and averaged over 3 years. We provide the values based on Price Deflators for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the average for the most recent 3 years for the applicable rules below. The GDP deflator is not a static number, and changes monthly...

Spring Cleaning – Farm Cooler Checklist

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 30, 2018
Author: Callahan, C.
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Whether your winter storage rooms are getting bare or you are making the transition from sweet corn to potatoes, what better time to give your cooler a once over than right now? Download the Farm Cooler Checklist to help guide your walk-through.

FSA Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) Program

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 28, 2018
Type: Funding Source
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program (FSFL) provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables, floriculture, hops, maple sap, milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, eggs, meat/poultry (unprocessed), rye and aquaculture.

PSR To Go - Taking the Produce Safety Rule with You

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 28, 2018
Author: Callahan, C.
Type: Published Rules (Federal); Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The FSMA Produce Safety Rule is an important reference for those helping growers understand requirements under the regulation. But weighing in at 216 pages it can be a burdensome document to read, let alone carry around with you. But there is hope. This blog post summarizes some ways of using the PSR on a mobile device.

Smooth and Cleanable Surfaces

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 28, 2018
Author: Callahan, C. & Chamberlin, A.
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Smooth and cleanable surfaces are an important aspect of areas where produce is washed, packed, stored and processed. This is a summary of some of the finish surface materials that are available, their pros, cons and pricing at this time.

Rats and Rodents Fact Sheet

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated May 6, 2019
Author: Callahan, C. and Chamberlin, A.
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

When considering storage rooms, wash and pack sheds with growers there is one topic that is sure to strike a nerve: RODENTS. This document is intended to provide summary information about measures you can take to reduce crop losses from these pests.

Equipping Quality Urban Agriculture Leaders (E.Q.U.A.L.): Food Safety Training Customized For Urban And Community Food Production Systems

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Cullen, E.
Type: Project; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Equipping Quality Urban Agriculture Leaders (E.Q.U.A.L.): Food Safety Training Customized For Urban And Community Food Production Systems, (#2016-07327). Cullen, E.. California State Polytechnic Univ, Pomona, California

Seeds For Increasing Tribal Knowledge In Food Safety

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated May 16, 2019
Author: Channa Rock
Type: Project
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: AZ

Seeds For Increasing Tribal Knowledge In Food Safety, Rock, C., UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA,TUCSON, ARIZONA - USDA FSOP Funded Project

Exempt or Modified Requirement information

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 19, 2019
Author: Iowa State University
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: IA

Information for Farms that are Exempt or fall under the Modified Requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule

Water Testing Labs in Iowa

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 19, 2019
Author: Manreet Bhullar
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)
State: IA

List of Certified Water Testing Laboratories in Iowa

School Garden Safety

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated November 14, 2018
Author: Iowa State University
Type: Informational Overview

Videos, manuals, and children's activities for leaders of school gardens

University Farm Safety

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 19, 2019
Author: Iowa State University
Type: Videos; Informational Overview

Videos, manuals, and quizzes for those in charge of university farms

Water Testing Methods

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 19, 2019
Author: Manreet Bhullar
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

Summary of Water Testing Methods recently added by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Produce Safety Rule’s Agriculture Water Testing Module

Safe Produce Website- Iowa State University

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated March 22, 2018
Author: Iowa State University
Type: Informational Overview
State: IA

Resources and trainings for people growing fruits and vegetables in Iowa

Anna Wicks - Delaware Department of Agriculture

Added by Anna Wicks • Last updated March 20, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Food Safety Plans
State: DE

I have an Bachelors in Science degree from the University of Delaware, with a concentration in Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Managment. I am also working towards a Masters in Public Administration with a mixed concentration in State and Local Government as well as Emergency Managment. I have also worked on a large farm my entire life, with a passion for Food Safety developing many years ago.

Justine Beaulieu - University of Maryland

Added by Justine Beaulieu • Last updated May 17, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Food Safety Plans
State: MD

I have an MS in plant sciences and come from an environmental science and policy background. Half of my job here at the University of Maryland is within the realm of water recycling and managing plant pathogens in nurseries and greenhouses. The other half is food safety education. I have been leading Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) trainings in Maryland for the last two years and have recently...

Model Recall Plan

Added by Justine Beaulieu • Last updated March 13, 2018
Author: Ashley Ellixson and Sarah Everhart
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Tools & Calculators
Topic: Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Record Keeping

This is a fillable template for creating a food safety recall plan.

A Guide to Drafting a Recall Plan for Maryland Produce Growers

Added by Justine Beaulieu • Last updated March 13, 2018
Author: Ashley Ellixson and Sarah Everhart
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Informational Overview
Topic: Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Record Keeping

This bulletin describes how to draft a food safety recall plan. While it has a Maryland flavor, it can be used in other states.

Brenden St John - Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

Added by Brenden St John • Last updated March 26, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: GA

Brenden St John works as a Food Safety Specialist with Produce Food Safety Services. PFSS is a program of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. Brenden helps farmers, packers, shippers, and processors by developing customized food safety plans and paperwork, FSMA compliance, HACCP Plans and risk assessments, 2nd Party Audits, Pre-audit assessments, audit escorts, and education...

Andrew Chamberlin - UVM Extension

Added by Andrew Chamberlin • Last updated March 12, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
State: VT

Ag Engineering Technician with UVM Extension. Specific knowledge areas are in fruit and vegetable post-harvest handling, produce safety and implementing lean principles in relation to individual farms.

Understanding FSMA: The Produce Safety Rule

Added by Luke LaBorde • Last updated March 6, 2018
Author: Luke LaBorde
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This 8-page Penn State fact sheet provides a discussion of farming activities and types of produce that are covered under the rule, key requirements within the regulation, certain exemptions and modified requirements for which farms may be eligible, and deadlines for complying with the rule.

Marina Abitia - Sunkist Growers, Inc.

Added by Marina Abitia • Last updated March 6, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan; General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: CA

My name is Marina Abitia Regulatory Compliance & Food Safety Officer for Porterville Citrus, Inc. a citrus packer affiliated to Sunkist Growers, Inc.

Arlene Barrantes Romero - Dole Tropical Products

Added by Arlene Barrantes Romero • Last updated July 2, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: AL

Biotechnology, Food Quality and Food Safety

Alexis Zimba-Kirby - White Oak Farms

Added by Alexis Zimba-Kirby • Last updated June 10, 2019
Type: People
Topic: Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Food Safety Plan; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); General (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest)
State: ME

Food Safety Manager at White Oak Farms, a 300+ acre diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Midcoast Maine.

Tonya Schoenfuss - University of Minnesota

Added by Tonya Schoenfuss • Last updated March 6, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan
State: MN

Dr. Schoenfuss owes her love of milk and cheese to raising Nubian goats and dairy replacement heifers in 4-H in San Jacinto, California. She studied Dairy Science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and studied her Junior year at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. She then received a Master’s in Food Science at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, and a Ph.D in Dairy Science from Louisiana...

Lynn Nakamura-tengan - University of Hawaii at Manoa

Added by Lynn Nakamura-Tengan • Last updated March 6, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: HI

Lynn C. Nakamura Tengan Extension Educator with the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service for 30 years, and working with farm food safety for 19 years. She has a MS from Cornell University. Her primary focus is farm and consumer food safety education programs. She coordinates farm food safety outreach statewide, working with a team of agricultural and nutrition extension educators.

Matthew Moore - University of Massachusetts Amherst

Added by Matthew Moore • Last updated March 6, 2018
Type: People
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: MA

I graduated with a B.Sc. in Food Science from Cornell University 2010, and then did my Ph.D. in Food Science under the supervision of Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus at North Carolina State University. After some time as a postdoctoral research scholar at N.C. State, I did a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017. I joined the faculty of the Department of...

Phillip Tocco - Extension Educator

Added by Phillip Tocco • Last updated March 6, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Record Keeping
State: MI

Phil Tocco has served as Extension Educator in Jackson County with Michigan State University for over 12 years. He serves as an educator in food safety on the farm for fruit and vegetable farmers statewide. He has functioned as the state coordinator in on-farm food safety since 2009. He currently serves with several other educators, State Departments of Agriculture and FDA to craft the On-Farm...

Equivalent Testing Methodology for Agricultural Water

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 28, 2019
Author: FDA
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

FDA has determined that the following methods are scientifically valid and at least equivalent to the method of analysis in § 112.151(a) - Method 1603 - in accuracy, precision, and sensitivity in quantifying generic Escherichia coli in agricultural water.

FSPCA Presentations and Conferences

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs)

Visit site to learn about educational and networking opportunities.

FSPCA Quarterly Update Webinars

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: Videos
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs)

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA), in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), hosts quarterly webinars to update stakeholders on the progress of the Alliance.

FSPCA Trainers of Trainers for Human Food

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs)

Trainers of Trainers therefore must be high-level professionals who have extensive experience in food safety systems and training.

FSPCA Recall Plan Template

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Tools & Calculators
Topic: Preventive Controls (PCs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

This Recall Plan template is based on the template in the FSPCA curriculum. It must be modified by a company to develop an individualized Recall Plan.

FSPCA Food Safety Plan Template

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Tools & Calculators
Topic: Preventive Controls (PCs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

This Food Safety Plan template is modeled after forms developed for the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food curriculum, and can be modified to reflect the need of individual establishment needs.

FSPCA Food Safety Plan Worksheets

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs)

Worksheets are recommended to document the product description, hazard analysis and preventive controls. Worksheet is provided as pdf or attached in Microsoft Word format.

FSPCA Bookstore

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Tools & Calculators; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs)

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Bookstore.

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Participant Manual

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 22, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: National Curricula
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

This course developed by FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual.”

FSPCA- Lead Instructor Application

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 22, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

A person who has successfully completed an FSPCA Preventive Controls course and an FSPCA Lead Instructor Course. A Lead Instructor may independently offer the FSPCA standardized curriculum (PC Course) directly to participants.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Compliance Dates

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 28, 2019
Author: FDA
Type: Guidance - Federal; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

These are the compliance dates for the rules that form the foundation of the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

FDA : FSMA Technical Assistance Newtwork (TAN)

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: FDA
Type: Guidance - Federal; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The Technical Assistance Network (TAN) is a central source of information for questions related to the FSMA rules, programs, and implementation strategies.

FSPCA- Technical Assistance Network

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

The FSPCA Technical Assistance Network (TAN) is a place where you can ask questions related to preventive controls, and also find information on courses and Lead Instructors.

List of FSPCA Participant Courses

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: National Curricula
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs)

A listing of all Preventive Controls for Human Food courses being held across the world. The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the...

Final Rule on Produce Safety Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: FDA
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Fact Sheet includes summaries of some key requirements, compliance dates, and other information on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Overview Page

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: FDA
Type: Guidance - Federal; Published Rules (Federal); Tools & Calculators; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Link to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) website.

Elizabeth Newbold

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated March 25, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: NY

Elizabeth Newbold is the Center Administrator for the Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS), one of four FDA/USDA funded regional centers tasked with coordinating training, education and outreach related to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and the FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule. Her work focuses on coordination and facilitation of the Northeast regional network to support a...

Food Safety Plan Builder

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FDA
Type: Tools & Calculators
Topic: Food Safety Plan; Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Food Safety Plan Builder (FSPB) is a tool designed to assist owners/operators of food facilities with the development of food safety plans that are specific to their facilities and meet the requirements of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (21 CFR Part 117).

Guidance for Industry: Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Fresh-cut Fruits and Vegetables

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated April 27, 2019
Author: FDA
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Preventive Controls (PCs); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This guidance is intended for all fresh-cut produce processing firms, both domestic firms and firms importing or offering fresh-cut product for import into the U.S., to enhance the safety of fresh-cut produce by minimizing the microbial food safety hazards.

Taking a Water Sample Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

This fact sheet provides instruction on taking a proper water sample as well as requesting the correct test.

Considering Irrigation Water Sources Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This fact sheet addresses relative risks associated with irrigation water sources and delivery methods. It will also discuss the frequency of testing each source.

Interpreting Water Test Results Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Type: Guidance - Federal
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest); Food Safety Plans

This fact sheet addresses how to read and understand water testing results and what to do about them.

Dealing with Irrigated Crops Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest); Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

This fact sheet offers a number of food safety considerations when irrigating your crops.

Livestock and Food Production Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Food Safety Plans

This fact sheet walks you through some considerations regarding livestock that may be kept near your production area.

MI State University - Worker Health & Hygiene Website

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated September 3, 2019
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets; Videos; Informational Overview
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

The Agrifood Safety Minute is designed to highlight one small aspect of food safety on the farm every week or two. The focus is on teaching you how to make small changes that yield a significant impact, and allow you to get one step closer to GAP certification with every weekly lesson.

Rodent and Bird Control Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans

This fact sheet addresses due diligence for rodent and vertebrate pest control and offers a standard operating procedure (SOP) boilerplate that can be adapted to your farm and help address rodents and other vertebrates in storage and packing areas.

Preventive Controls for Human Food Resources by Course Chapter Website

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: National Curricula; Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Coverage Assessment Tools; Videos; Tools & Calculators; Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan

This link will take you to the Resource by chapter section of the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance website. The site contains 16 chapters of information on Preventative Controls for Human Food.

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance - Resources Website

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: FSPCA
Type: Informational Overview
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls (PCs); Food Safety Plan

Landing page with general resources pertaining to Food Safety Modernization Act compliance.

Postharvest Washing Best Practices Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

Pointers for correct washing procedures for fresh produce.

Maintaining a Cold Chain Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

This fact sheet reviews best practices to ensure food safety compliance when using refrigeration.

Chlorine as Sanitizer Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

This fact sheet walks you through the safe and effective use of chlorine as a disinfectant.

Mobile Digital Recordkeeping with Google Docs Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Record Keeping

Record keeping is the corner stone of implementing a food safety plan. This document will help you navigate Google Docs as free resource for recordkeeping.

Writing a Mission Statement Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

If you have read the GAP manual, you are aware of the importance of writing a mission statement. This resource provides a sample mission statement, along with pointers for writing your own.

Creating a Google Maps Field Map Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Food Safety Plans

Step by step instructions that will walk you through using Google maps to create an accurate map of your farm.

Manure Use Fact Sheet

Added by Virginia Jaquish • Last updated February 23, 2018
Author: MI State Extension
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Soil Amendments; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping

This fact sheet will walk you through the recommended use and storage of manure to ensure GAP compliance.

FSMA Human Food Audit Checklist

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated May 3, 2019
Type: Guidance - Federal; Tools & Calculators
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

This Checklist will help you organize your materials and assess your current food safety preparedness for processing human food. The Checklist is NOT itself a plan.

Chris Callahan - The University of Vermont

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 26, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Record Keeping
State: VT

Chris Callahan is an Extension Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Vermont. His work focuses on the application of engineering and technology to the needs of small and medium-sized farms and food processors in the areas of protected culture production, postharvest handling and storage and sustainable energy. He is also the Director of the Northeast Center to...

NCR FSMA - Iowa State University

Added by NCR FSMA • Last updated April 16, 2019
Type: People
State: IA

The North Central Regional Center’s specific aims are to:
 
 Establish a sustainable communication network connecting educators and grower/processors throughout the North Central Region (NCR) to facilitate collaboration for FSMA compliance training and build training capacity;
 Conduct a regional needs assessment and identify the gaps in knowledge for growers/processors...

Socrates Trujillo - US FDA

Added by Socrates Trujillo • Last updated February 1, 2018
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans; Record Keeping
State: MD

Dr. Trujillo is one of eight members for the Produce Safety Network (PSN), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). His function is to collaborate and serve as technical advisor with state representatives and the produce industry in the implementation of the FDA Produce Safety Rule. Previously, Dr. Trujillo served as International...

(FSMA) Produce Safety Rule: A Plain Language Guide

Food Safety Modernization Act's (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule: A Plain Language Guide

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated May 14, 2018
Author: Justin Chase, New Entry Farming Project
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This guide is written for people who would like to learn if their farm is covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule. This guide will help you understand how to comply with food safety regulations and explains how practicing food safety on your farm benefits your business and your customers. It also provides numerous resources for further reading and preparation.

Produce Tracking, Traceability and Recordkeeping

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated March 25, 2019
Type: Project; Tools & Calculators
Topic: Record Keeping; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This project aimed to improve produce tracking and traceability on Vermont farms by reviewing functional requirements for produce record keeping (including FSMA PSR requirements), reviewing available solutions, and developing two tailored near term solutions.

"Rarely Consumed Raw" Fact Sheet

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

This FDA Factsheet explains the "rarely consumed raw" list under the Produce Safety Rule.

Calculating how much chlorine bleach to add for sanitizing your containers and tools

Added by Justine Beaulieu • Last updated March 13, 2018
Author: Donna Pahl
Type: Videos
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Maintaining a concentration of chlorine bleach in your sanitizing solution can be challenging. This video will teach you how to calculate the amount of chlorine bleach to add to a volume of water to effectively sanitize tools and containers.

Records Required by the FSMA Produce Safety Rule

Added by Robert Way • Last updated August 23, 2017
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Soil Amendments; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Record Keeping

The FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) requires a few specific records. This publication summarizes the provisions requiring records and includes template records to help establish records to meet FSMA PSR requirements.

The Water Analysis Method Requirement in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule

Added by Robert Way • Last updated January 23, 2019
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

This Produce Safety Alliance fact sheet includes information to support agricultural water quality monitoring as outlined in the PSR.

Geometric Means, Statistical Threshold Values, and Microbial Die-Off Rates

Added by Robert Way • Last updated August 23, 2017
Type: Add-on / Supplemental Educational Material; Fact Sheets; Tools & Calculators
Topic: Ag Water (Preharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Ag Water (Postharvest)

This Produce Safety Alliance fact sheet outlines how to perform key mathematical steps necessary to develop a microbial water quality profile (MWQP)

Summary of Compliance Dates for Major FSMA Rules

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated August 22, 2017
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Summary and reference sheets for compliance dates for FSMA rules.

Labeled Sanitizers for Produce Tool

Added by Robert Way • Last updated February 7, 2018
Type: Tools & Calculators
Topic: Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The Produce Safety Alliance developed a 'Labeled Sanitizers for Produce' tool to help growers find an EPA-labeled sanitizer suitable for their operation.

Produce Safety Alliance Trainer Directory

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated March 26, 2019
Type: People
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Locate a trainer in your region. This is a complete list of Produce Safety Alliance trainer from across the county and international.

Clean Greens: A standard operating procedure (SOP) for triple-rinsing greens

Added by Amanda Kinchla • Last updated November 13, 2018
Type: Videos
Topic: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Ag Water (Postharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation
State: MA

Managing post-harvest water is an essential part of reducing farm food safety risks and ensuring quality produce. This video describes an SOP for triple-rinsing about 100 lbs of salad greens, with use of a sanitizer to reduce cross-contamination.

Cleaning vs. Sanitizing

Added by Amanda Kinchla • Last updated November 13, 2018
Type: Videos
Topic: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: MA

Cleaning and sanitizing are not the same thing—a surface cannot be sanitized without first being cleaned. This video describes the appropriate way to clean and sanitize food contact surfaces, such as tables, tools and harvest bins, using the 4-step process: Rinse/clear debris, wash with detergent, rinse with potable water, and sanitize.

Standard Operating Procedures

Added by Amanda Kinchla • Last updated November 13, 2018
Type: Videos
Topic: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Food Safety Plans; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: MA

A standard operating procedure, or SOP, like a recipe, is a step-by-step guide to completing a task to get the same results each time. This video describes how to construct an SOP for farm procedures to help train employees, ensure consistency and improve efficiency and quality.

How to Clean and Sanitize

Added by Amanda Kinchla • Last updated November 13, 2018
Type: Videos
Topic: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Produce Safety Rule (PSR)
State: MA

Developing good procedures for cleaning and sanitizing harvest equipment and post-harvest facilities is critical for ensuring high-quality product and reducing food safety risks. This video describes how to develop a strategy for cleaning post-harvest areas.

Food Safety Plan Builder - Preventive Controls

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated August 15, 2017
Type: Videos
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

FDA’s Food Safety Plan Builder is a user-friendly, standalone tool designed to assist owner/operators of food facilities with the development of food safety plans that are specific to their facilities and meet the requirement of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation.

Learn How FSMA Affects You

Added by Luke LaBorde • Last updated March 1, 2018
Type: Videos
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF); General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

In this video series from Penn State, you will learn what the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is and whether your farm or food business may be affected by it. We’ll look at two of the seven FSMA rules that will affect farms, food processors and packing houses across the nation – the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls for Human Foods Rule – and help you determine whether your...

Video Series: Using Sanitizers in Washwater

Added by Luke LaBorde • Last updated March 1, 2018
Type: Videos
Topic: Ag Water (Postharvest); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

This three-part video series from Penn State presents the best practices for post-harvest washing of fresh produce. This video is available in English and Spanish.

Penn State Farm Food Safety Fact Sheets

Added by Luke LaBorde • Last updated March 1, 2018
Type: Fact Sheets
Topic: Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation

A series of fact sheets available for viewing in your browser with links to full color formatted PDF documents.

National GAPs Program Decision Trees

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated August 15, 2017
Type: National Curricula
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

Decision Trees: Farm Food Safety Decision Making Made Easy! The purpose of the Decision Trees is to: - Help you identify risks and practices that reduce risks; - Prioritize the implementation of practices to use limited resources wisely; - Familiarize you with the terms and methods necessary to understand and follow requirements and expectations for food safety from buyers,...

Standards for Produce Safety, Coverage and Exemptions/Exclusions Flowchart

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated April 27, 2019
Type: Coverage Assessment Tools
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

The Preventive Controls for Human Food rule clarified the definition of a farm to cover two types of farm operations, primary production farms and secondary activities farms. The same definition is used in the Produce Safety rule (section 112.3(c)). This flowchart has basic criteria that determine whether an operation that meets the definition of “farm” is subject to the produce rule.

Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Website

Added by Elizabeth Newbold • Last updated August 11, 2017
Type: National Curricula
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR); Worker Health, Hygiene & Training; Soil Amendments; Wildlife, Domestic Animals & Land Use; Ag Water (Preharvest); Ag Water (Postharvest); Postharvest Handling & Sanitation; Food Safety Plans

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) is a collaboration between Cornell University, FDA, and USDA to prepare fresh produce growers to meet the regulatory requirements included in the United States Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

FDA Final Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF) Rule - Overview

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated April 28, 2019
Type: Published Rules (Federal)
Topic: General (PCHF); Preventive Controls for Human Foods (PCHF)

A web-based fact sheet from the FDA providing an overview of the final rule. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Human Food rule is now final, and compliance dates for some businesses begin in September 2016.

Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Website

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated August 10, 2017
Type: National Curricula

The Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) is a broad-based public private alliance consisting of key industry, academic and government stakeholders whose mission is to support safe food production by developing a nationwide core curriculum, training and outreach programs to assist companies producing human and animal food in complying with the preventive controls regulations that will...

FDA Final Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Page - Overview

Added by Chris Callahan • Last updated May 13, 2019
Type: Fact Sheets; Published Rules (Federal)
Topic: General (PSR); Produce Safety Rule (PSR)

A web-based fact sheet from the FDA providing an overview of the final rule. Also, links to the final rule in various forms. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule is now final, and the earliest compliance dates for some farms begin one year after the effective date of the final rule. The rule establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe...